Originally Posted by eburness
I have a 5900NU 128mb flashed to a 5950U 128mb. I've been running the card with no glitches or errors for more than 1.5 years at speeds of 484mhz (GPU) and 884mhz (RAM). I just did a clean install of windows, and for some reason windows will not let me install the card. When I try to install forceware drivers, it just tells me no compatible card is available. Device manager also indicates the card is "not configured properly." What is going on here? Is my card broken?? Thanks for any help.
Epox 8rda+ rev 1.1
Barton 2600+ @ 11x208 = 2.30ghz @ 1.70v
512mb PC 2700 @ 208mhz (3-4-4-11 @ 2.77v)
PNY GeforceFX 5900NU 128mb --> 5950U @ 484/884
Western Digital 60gb ATA100 HD / Seagate 120gb ATA100 HD
WinXP Pro w/ SP2
Idle Temps: 36C (CPU); 28C (Ambient); 37C (GPU)
Load Temps: 43C (CPU); 31C (Ambient); 47C (GPU)
When you flash your card with a 5950u bios, you effectively turn your cards identity into that of a 5950u. So remember all drivers you install, must support a 5950u card.
Obviously therefore on reinstalling windows and rebooting, you will need to install a new nvidia driver specifically for your 5950u card.
You are obviously misunderstanding something after rebooting. So lets just start again with uninstalling and removing any Nvidia drivers that you may have attempted, but failed, to install.
Also, it is assumed that you have updated your mobo with latest device drivers from manufacturers website.
Now reboot and windows device installation facility will inform you that it has found a new device and wants it installed -----------> Don't let windows install the driver, just select to install a new "display adaptor" and point the installation facility at the directory where the "nv4_disp.inf" file of the Nvidia driver you want to use resides.
After Nvidia driver installation it is then important to install your monitor against its manufacturers driver, rather than let windows configure things against its "default" or "plug and play" drivers. A windows driver knows nothing about your monitor, so its DEFAULT drivers are only there to be used as a last resort.
And finally once display and monitor drivers are installed and you have rebooted, you must then use something like RefreshForce to set up your monitors refresh rates for all the resolutions you are likely to use. Since it is most important that windows is always in good control of your monitor.
Also, never set any refresh rates higher than those identified by RefreshForce, otherwise your monitors display may become corrupted or worse you may get locked out.